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1918 Immigrants Grave Site

Alle-Kiski

1918 Immigrants Grave Site

Location Details

PHONE: NA
ADDRESS:
West Winfield, PA 16023
HOURS: outdoors

Description

An out-of-the way wooded area in Butler County became the burial ground for immigrant workers struck by the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. This strain of flu was a worldwide killer, but in West Winfield it was the new immigrant workers that had moved to the area for manufacturing and mining jobs who caught it. There was little documentation of these workers, since most were not yet affiliated with a church or other organization that could contact their families or give them a proper burial. The companies of Winfield came together to create a mass grave site for their workers, placing the site away from town, so the disease would not spread. A wooden cross made from railroad ties was placed on the site, and Father O’Callahan from St. John’s Church in Coyleville held a Catholic burial service for the lost souls.

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